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  1. Considering that I asked at seminaries and well-known Bible colleges (Liberty University, Baptist Theological Seminary, Georgetown University's head of Catholic studies, etc.), I think I checked. I also attended a Jesuit university (and if you remember, the Jesuits have always been the educational focus of the Catholic church). So I did ask several ministers, I even went so far to ask a Catholic bishop and got no satisfactory answers. So don't open the door without knowing facts.
  2. Can We Define "moderate Muslim" ?

    For the second one on Sharia, that's a REALLY bad example. For one, that's almost as bad as saying moderate Muslims would be against jihad. Because western people don't understand the meaning and refuse to listen to Muslims try to explain it. They want to listen to people who hate Muslims talk about how evil jihad is without knowing what it is. As for the other, you'd be shocked to know that almost every single Muslim leader has condemned terrorism and has done so publicly. Including the governments of places like Pakistan and other countries that the west say support terror. Again, the media in the west is full of lies. Doubt me? Why can't CNN and MSNBC and Fox News ever agree?
  3. As someone who worked in the ministry (not Catholic like most examples, but Southern Baptist) before my reversion to Islam...I haven't abandoned anything that Jesus (pbuh) taught or said. He himself never referred to himself as God. He instructed people to pray, prostrating themselves and calling on the one, true God. (Even the NIV admits that, in footnotes.) I struggled with the trinity concept for some time, with no one able to give any answer other than the Bible says it is so. However, considering that so many Christians also legitimately say that the rules Allah gave that are in the Bible no longer have any meaning, I found it to be disrespectful. I am co-chair of my work's Interfaith Council, we have discussions about religion and beliefs quite often, thankfully we do so respectfully. But it is amazing that many Christians still attack other faiths (even at work) and try to force people to become Christian. Whereas most others tend to prefer giving information and letting people learn for themselves. Christian pastors where I live get up in arms when people want to even consider comparative religion studies. Why is knowledge so dangerous to their beliefs though? If after getting knowledge, you decide not to change, that's your decision and you have to live with it. But denying to seek knowledge is the sign of stupidity in my opinion. I posted my reversion story back some time ago. I can dig it out again. And even when I struggle trying to learn and become a better Muslim, I thank Allah everyday for the opportunity to learn and experience trials as they make me a stronger and better person. My family rejects me because I am a traitor, their actual words to me, but I point blank asked God to guide me one day when I was so desperate for truth. And because of that prayer, I came to Islam. That is why I proclaim it the truth for myself, on top of the truths pointed out by the Qur'an and Prophet Muhammad's (pbuh) life.
  4. A Few Things I Have Against Islam

    Forgive me if I am taking your comments out of context on this, but you seem to be implying that only Muslim men beat their wives. In fact, in the United States, a country with only about 1% of the population Muslim at this time, the level of domestic abuse (specifically wife-beating) is far more rampant than ANY other country in the world. Yet how can that be in a predominantly Christian country if what you claim is true?
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  7. Depression As A Convert

    Wa alaykum assalam, I am not an expert or anything, so please forgive me before hand. I'm also a relatively new revert (this past June for me) who struggles at times because the area I live in is very unwilling to accept differences and such. It can be hard, that is for sure. I am sorry that another sister soured your belief...but please understand that most of us aren't like that (at least I hope I'm not). Be willing to get to know people, whether here or local to you. Not all people are bad (one of my better friends is an atheist who actually congratulated me on my reversion because it was what made me feel right). And keep trying to be a good daughter for your parents. Even when they treat you like dirt. I know that is hard because I have first hand experience. But pray for them and show them that you are a better and stronger person because of your faith. And who knows, they might come around. I'd even recommend a book by G. Willow Wilson, entitled The Butterfly Masjid. It details her life, from being in an atheist family to being a Muslim woman. It's a wonderful read. :) And never give up on hope. You have support, even if it is just us here at times, you have it.
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  10. Photography

    I have11chan, and I just put the link into the image field. I am guessing you would need to at least use a photo-sharing site. I wish I had more of the pictures from my trip to Disney World a few years ago. We got some absolute great ones, but they were all on my hard drive that crashed.
  11. Photography

    I am not a good photographer at all...but I have one picture that is on my desktop this week.
  12. Salam Everyone :)

    Salam and welcome to the forum.
  13. Club Football (Soccer) 2012-2013 Season

    Which means that, if things went a certain way...the final could be all German or all Spanish...or one of each. If I was Barcelona, I'd be unhappy with that draw though. Bayern have been proving themselves to be the best team in Europe this season.
  14. Missing The Forum

    Welcome back, glad to see you didn't get lost. :)
  15. Random Incoherence

    Hehe...not exactly, but one of my friends is in the College Program right now there. She works as a concierge at one of the resorts, but spends most of her free time in the parks doing crazy stuff. :) I'd love it I know. Though I have a feeling that WDW would not allow headscarves to be worn, mainly because they maintain certain standard looks. I mean, guys have a maximum length their hair can be, girls have a minimum length. And headscarves don't work with most of their costumes in general areas (such as food & beverage, merchandise and so forth). So I'll have to see.
  16. Club Football (Soccer) 2012-2013 Season

    Adebayor's penalty was just atrocious. Haven't been all that pleased with him at all. Dempsey looked good though generally speaking.
  17. Random Incoherence

    I haven't lived there, but I have been in the Orlando area quite a bit. One of the colleges I looked at is in Orlando too. I wanted to study hospitality at UCF. But I still want to work at Disney World.
  18. Club Football (Soccer) 2012-2013 Season

    I think Bayern will win this year. They thoroughly demolished Juventus and they didn't even seem to break a sweat.
  19. Random Incoherence

    Though, I am not sure how things would go now. They obviously didn't know anything about my reversion...and it has been a few years since I was there last (I know they have a group from Morocco that work there every year in Epcot). So I'd have to find out that first.
  20. Random Incoherence

    Yes, down in Florida. Walt Disney World Resort (and everything that covers) is a place that a couple years ago I wanted to work at very much.
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  22. Random Incoherence

    I think it is mostly limited to the Chicago area and such. At least from what I know. Likewise, most of the Muslim population in Virginia is generally around Northern Virginia, but there are several masjids here too. I just have to decide what I want to do career-wise, since as I've mentioned before...my current company does handle mostly insurance (though not my department) and I have an opportunity to go to work for Disney, if I took them up on it.